|What's Fratton Park
Looking Towards The Fratton End (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Milton End (photo)
Admission Prices For Away Fans
Programme & Fanzine
Disabled Facilities Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Fratton Park Location Map
Other Places Of Interest
|What's Fratton Park Like?|
|Fratton Park is a traditional looking
ground and one which oozes character. Both side
stands are two tiered and originally had terracing
at the front, which has now been replaced with
seating. The South Stand dates back to 1925 and
was originally designed by Archibald Leitch who
also designed a number of grounds and stands
around this period. Although showing its age in
parts, it has plenty of character with an old
fashioned looking media gantry perched on its roof
and raised team dugouts at its front. Opposite the
North Stand opened in 1935, looks somewhat plain
and functional. Both the North & South Stands
are two tiered and have a number of supporting
At one end is the Fratton End, which is a more modern single tiered stand that was opened in 1997. It is of a good size and is the tallest stand at the ground. Opposite is the recently covered Milton End, which is all seated. Part of this stand is given to away fans. On one corner of this stand by the away supporters is a Police Control Box that also has a large video screen perched upon its roof. The ground is completed with a superb looking set of tall floodlights that were first used in 1962.
If you get chance to wander around the outside of the ground beforehand then make sure to go down towards the home end to look at the mock tudor facade in Frogmore Road.
|Looking Towards The Fratton End|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Where To Drink?|
|On my last visit I went to the Good
Companion pub, which is on the main A2030 about a
five minute walk away from the ground. It is a large
pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and
away support. I also noticed that it was doing a
brisk business in food. Martin Hewitt recommends the
Harvester, but advises away fans to avoid the Milton
Arms and the Newcome Arms. Whilst Ian Pratt suggests
the Brewers Arms which is 'always popular with away
fans'. Steve Yeoman a visiting Manchester United fan
informs me; 'just outside the ground at the north
east corner a large enclosed white marquee has been
erected for away fans. It has a bar, televisions and
was free to enter. There is a handy burger van
Derek Hall adds; 'Found a cracking little pub, about a mile away from the ground, on Fawcett Road. It's called (very appropriately) The Red, White and Blue. There are also a few other pubs - and plenty of take-aways (of all varieties) along this road. Friendly staff, friendly Pompey fans (chiefly, of the elder variety) and simple food fayre on offer. To reach the pub, you just head west from the ground, towards the Fratton Railway Station, along Goldsmith Avenue. Just past the station, you reach a roundabout - and Fawcett Road is immediately on your left'.
Pete Wood a visiting Doncaster Rovers fan informs me; 'If travelling by train from London, then your return ticket from London Waterloo allows you to get off at either Fratton (nearest to ground), Portsmouth & Southsea (best for pubs) or Portsmouth Harbour. What we did was have a drink in the two Wetherspoon pubs near Portsmouth & Southsea Station before getting the train back to Fratton for the match. You can catch a train back to Waterloo from Fratton after the game. The trains run every 20 or 30 minutes or so'.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for
Portsmouth town centre) and
continue on to the A27. At the junction with
the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along the
A2030 and eventually you will see the ground in front
of you, just slightly to your left.
There is a large car park behind the TY Europe Stand, but this is for home supporters only. So it is mostly street parking for away fans. The good news is that there are few parking restrictions in place close to the ground. So if you arrive early enough, you can park only a few minutes walk away. When I have visited, I have parked in one of the side streets, found on the right hand side of the A2030 before you reach the Good Companion pub. Alternatively Miltoncross School, which is a five minute walk from the ground offers parking at £6 per car. The school is located in Milton Road (post code PO3 6RB). Derek Hall adds; 'There is also a very large car park (for a fiver) on the corner of Velder Avenue and Milton Road (a couple of minutes walk behind the away end)'.
Map showing the location of Fratton Park (at the bottom of this page).
nearest local train station is Fratton, which is a
ten minute walk away. Portsmouth train station is at
least a 25 minute walk away.
Thanks to Peter Coulthard for providing the directions.
|Admission Prices For Away Fans|
Over 60's/Under 23's £15
Under 16's £10
|Programme & Fanzine|
|Official Programme £3
Park Life Fanzine £1.50
|Portsmouth FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
51,385 v Derby County
FA Cup 6th Round, February 26th, 1949.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
20,821 v Tottenham Hotspur,
Premier League, October 17th 2009.
2011-2012: 15,016 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 15,707 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 18,249 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of Fratton Park|
(Preston North End) 15/12/12
James Spring (Notts County) 3/11/12
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 18/9/12
Jamie Burton (West Ham United) 14/1/12
Alex Smith (Coventry City) 3/12/11
Dean Williamson (Blackpool) 24/9/11
Andrew Daffren (Leicester City) 24/9/10
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers) 26/01/10
Lee Jones (Swansea City) 24/01/09
Neil Harding (Hull City) 22/11/08
Kevin McCann (Stirling Albion Fan Doing The 92) 23/2/08
Tim Watson (Derby County) 19/1/08
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|Map Showing The Location Of Fratton Park, Railway Stations and Listed pubs|
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|Other Places Of Interest|
adjoining Portsmouth houses the naval base and
includes historic ships such as HMS Victory. You can
get a short boat trip around the harbour showing which
warships are in dock. Southsea itself is quite
pleasant with a small beach and funfair. In fact when
I went to the game I met a strange lady who travelled
down to Portsmouth for each game by herself from
Wolverhampton! When asked why, she replied that she
had been taken to Southsea as a child and therefore
liked to visit it before each game. So there you go it
wasn't the football that was the attraction!
Simon Eddy adds; 'there is a new development called the Gunwharf Quays, which has opened adjacent to the historic ships dockyard. There are a number of bars, restaurants, plus a bowling alley, cinema and shopping factory outlet. For more details visit www.gunwharf-quays.com'. The quays incorporate the spectacular Spinnaker Tower, which is well worth a visit for some stunning views from over 300 feet up. Anyone intending to visit the City Centre, Gunwharf Quays or the Old Portsmouth area before the game would be better off entering the city on the M275 rather than the A2030.
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